Grilling Around the Globe
Cooking on the grill is often thought of as an American tradition, but around the world cooking over an open flame dates back thousands of years. Try grilling Japanese-style or prepare an Indian dish on the grill. It’s easier than you think!
While Kobe beef is traditionally what the Japanese use, you can grill any kind of beef in the Japanese style at home, and you don’t need a hibachi. The most recognized way of preparing steaks in Japan is with a teriyaki marinade. Using LAWRY’S® Teriyaki Marinade, marinate the steaks for at least 30 minutes and cook on a hot grill. Serve with rice and vegetables.
Barbecuing wasn’t always about grilling hamburger patties in the background. Long ago on the Caribbean islands, meat was seasoned with peppers and spices and hung over fires to cook slowly. The fire’s smoke infused the meat with a strong flavor. Today we think of jerk as a seasoning or sauce used to add flavor and heat to grilled dishes, but really it’s a combination of seasonings and open-fire cooking.
While there is no one recipe for jerk seasoning, the basic ingredients include chilies, thyme, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, cloves, garlic and onions. Jerk seasonings work with any meat, poultry or fish. You can use LAWRY’S® Caribbean Jerk Marinade or LAWRY’S® Havana Garlic Lime. For dinner tonight, try Caribbean Jerk Chicken with Black Bean Salsa.
Italian food is more than homemade pasta, sauces and soups. Italians have raised some of the world’s best beef for generations. While you may not find Chianina beef at your local butcher, don’t let that prevent you from cooking Italian-style beef on the grill.
The secret is to season your steak with LAWRY'S® Italian Garlic Steak Marinade before you grill it, then serve with a drizzle of olive oil and a dash of salt and pepper. The marinade will add a delicate flavor and help to keep the meat tender.
Another way to enjoy Italian food on the grill is to make a flatbread pizza. Prepare small thin-crust pizzas and top them with whatever you like. Grill long enough for the crust to brown and crunch and for the cheese to melt.
You can add grill flavor to many dishes. Making spaghetti? Throw some chicken or Italian sausage on the grill and add to your pasta sauce. If you research many great Italian recipes you’ll find that frequently meat is first grilled, topped with sauce and then served.
In Mexico, cooking fires are built with mesquite wood ringed with stones. Before the Spanish introduced iron to the region, food was suspended on sticks or placed on a flat stone in or near a fire. As in any culture, the Mexican people cook what is most available like fresh fish, grains, and chilies.
In the States, we typically don’t have mesquite growing in our backyards but mesquite charcoal is easy to find. If you have a gas grill, buy some mesquite wood chips for the fire box of your gas grill.
Marinades provide a deep, rich flavor to food just the way traditional barbecue dry rubs are used on steaks or other meats. Use LAWRY’S® Mesquite Marinade before grilling for that distinct smoky flavor without the wait.
No matter where you live, you can enjoy grilling traditions from around the world. So go the extra mile to try something new—you might find a new favorite recipe!